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Monroe Area High School
                                                       2019 - 2020
                                                   Student Handbook

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

        It is our pleasure to welcome you to Monroe Area High School. We are happy to have you as a part of the MAHS

family. We know this will be a wonderful year!

        The ​2019-20​ ​MAHS Student Handbook​ is filled with important information regarding school policies and

procedures as well as resources to help your student with his or her academic progress. Together the ​MAHS Handbook

and ​2019-20​ ​WCPS High School Agenda (PAGES)​ help guide your son or daughter as they join the MAHS community

of students, teachers, support staff, and administrators. We encourage parents and students to review the content

together to become better informed about our school. If you have questions that remain unanswered after reading the

MAHS Handbook​, please call the MAHS office and ask for a counselor or administrator. We believe that open and clear

communication between school and home is essential to the success of our educational program. Working together leads

us closer to the goal of developing excellence for all our students.

        We welcome your participation and support during the school year. Working together, we will be able to reach our

collective and individual goals. We look forward to celebrating with you the achievements of our students!

***Para conseguir cualquiera parte de este documento en espanol, por favor pongase en contacto con el

administrador de la escuela.

 For additional information, please visit the Monroe Area High School or the Walton County Public Schools websites at:

                                 www.walton.k12.ga.us​ or ​www.monroeareahigh.org​.

MAHS Mission Statement
With the assurance of a structured, respectful, and safe environment for learning, the mission of Monroe Area High
School is to challenge and prepare students to pursue educational and career opportunities, personal discovery, and
responsible citizenship.

School Mascot: ​Purple Hurricanes
School Colors: ​Purple and White
GHSA:​ Region 8-AAA

Alma Mater
This song is performed at most student assemblies, graduation, and other events. When performed, all in attendance will
                                        MAHS Alma Mater
                         Oh Monroe High, the best school in the land
                         True Patriots love in all thy sons command
                         With flowing hearts we see thee rise,
                         A true school strong and free
                         And stand on guard, oh Monroe High,
                         We stand on guard for thee.
                         Oh Monroe High, glorious and free
                         We stand on guard; we stand on guard for thee!
                         Oh Monroe High, we stand on guard for thee.

For additional information regarding district and school events, please visit the Monroe Area High School or the Walton County Public
Schools websites at: ​www.walton.k12.ga.us​ or ​www.monroeareahigh.org

Parent, Teacher, Student Organization (PTSO)
The PTSO provides additional services to our faculty and staff all during the school year. Joining the PTSO will enable
you to become more actively involved in your child’s school.

Media Center
The mission of the Monroe Area High School library media program is to support students, faculty, and staff in the pursuit
of personal and academic excellence by developing life-long learners that can effectively locate, evaluate, and utilize
information, while fostering the love of reading. The Media Center provides a wide range of materials that represent
varied levels of difficulty, cover a diverse range of subjects, appeal to all students, and present varying viewpoints. The
Media Center provides comprehensive support, instruction, and materials to all students and staff. The media specialist
acts as a facilitator to provide individual guidance and formal instruction so students learn to access information from a
variety of sources and utilize a variety of technology resources. Students using the Media Center are expected to work
quietly on school-related assignments. Students who do not conduct themselves properly in the Media Center may be
denied visitation privileges.
     The Media Center has a wide range of current print and electronic materials available for student use. Students may
check out books, reference materials, and magazines. Students will be assigned a due date based on the material. It must
be returned or renewed before that date. A late fine of 10¢ per day per item is accrued after the due date. Please be
considerate of others and return all materials to the Media Center promptly. Students are responsible for the materials
they check out—lost materials must be paid for. The online catalog is located at ​www.wcpsdestiny.org​. Students can sign
in to search available titles, place holds, and check out e-books.

Chromebooks and eSMART
As part of the eSMART initiative, all high school students in the Walton County School District will receive Chromebooks
to use in the classroom for the 2019-2020 school year. All students will be issued a Chromebook to be used for the
completion of schoolwork. Students are expected to be prepared for class with a charged Chromebook every morning in

first block. Students must follow the WCSD Acceptable Use Policy when using these Chromebooks. For the detailed
policy, please visit ​http://wcpsesmart.weebly.com/aup.html​.
      Walton County School District offers a $20/year student optional protection plan for the eSMART initiative. Students
who choose not to purchase the optional protection plan may be required to check out a Chromebook from the Media
Center before first block every morning (no late passes will be written). ​Chromebooks not covered by the optional
protection plan MUST be returned to the Media Center before the end of the school day. Failure to return a loaner
Chromebook before the end of the day will result in disciplinary action, which may include ISS, OSS, or other measures
determined appropriate by the administrator.
      As with textbooks, ​students who fail to clear outstanding fines because of a failure to return a Chromebook assigned
to them, will not receive grade reports or transcripts, and class schedules may be inactivated. In addition, students who
fail to return their Chromebook will not be allowed to take their semester exam until the Chromebook has been returned or
paid for. Students failing to return all materials may not be able to participate in extracurricular programs. No parking
permits will be issued to students who owe Chromebook fines. Seniors who fail to clear all fines will not be allowed to
participate in the graduation ceremonies. Lost, stolen, or missing Chromebooks must be reported to the school within 24
hours. To pursue a replacement Chromebook the student must file a police report in a timely manner and bring a copy of
that report to the school.
          The Media Center is the home of the Chromebook Help Desk at MAHS. Students experiencing problems with
their Chromebook should seek assistance from the media specialist or a Help Desk student aide. All eSMART policies
and Chromebook information are available through county technology at ​wcpsesmart.weebly.com​. Please see that
website for up to date information about the program. If you experience problems outside of school, please email the
media specialist at ​sarah.sapinski@walton.k12.ga.us​.

Visitors to MAHS
Students are not allowed to bring visitors to school without prior administrative approval and must provide a
24-hour notice of the planned visit.​. All visitors must comply with MAHS and WCPS policies and procedures. Parents
are always welcome and encouraged to visit throughout the year. Appointments are required for anyone who wishes to
visit any classroom,athletic field, teacher,or counselor. ​** Note** all visitors to the campus must first check in at the
main office​. Persons found on campus without permission will be considered in violation and will be asked to leave or
face criminal ramifications.

Deliveries to School
Students attending Walton County Public Schools ​are not allowed​ to receive deliveries at school from vendors or their
locations. This includes, but is not limited to, flowers, gifts from any shops, ​food deliveries​, birthday cakes, or articles of
clothing. All deliveries will be returned to the vendor.
    Parents and guardians are allowed to bring school supplies such as notebooks, pencils/pens, paper, textbooks, etc.,
as well as articles of clothing and lunch to their child ​on an emergency basis​. On a case to case basis, a student may be
asked to eat lunch in an isolated area if outside food is brought in. Students are expected to be prepared for school every
day, which should minimize the number of parent deliveries.
    The administration of MAHS reserves the right to limit the number of deliveries and to discontinue this privilege for
students and parents who abuse the policy.

Students Left On Campus
The school is NOT responsible for students left on campus before 6:45 a.m. and after 3:00 p.m. unless they are
participating in a teacher supervised extracurricular activity. Any student who remains on campus and unsupervised after
3:00 will be subject to disciplinary actions. All students waiting for a ride need to wait outside of the building in the front
student pick up area. ​Once students exit the building, they may not reenter.​
    Students remaining on campus, and who are not under the direct supervision of a Teacher, Coach, Club Sponsor, or
other MAHS Staff, will be considered out of area and trespassing on school grounds. The student may receive an
administrative referral and/or be charged with trespassing. (See WCPS Student Code of Conduct).
    Students who are attending Monroe Area High School on a Permissive Transfer are to provide their own
transportation to and from school. ​Permissive Transfers may be revoked at any time if the parent or student cannot
provide a consistent and timely mode of transportation.

Students are expected to care for their books and other school property in a manner that will prolong their usefulness.
Loss, unusual wear, or destruction of school property will result in the student being charged a replacement fee.

It is each student’s responsibility to return materials and textbooks to issuing teachers. Lockers will be cleaned out at the
end of the year, and schoolbooks and materials retrieved through this process will not be considered returned by the
individual students to whom they were issued.
      Students who fail to clear outstanding fines because of a failure to return all materials assigned to them, will not
receive grade reports or transcripts, and class schedules may be inactivated. In addition, students who fail to return their
textbooks will not be allowed to take their semester exam until the textbook has been returned or paid for. Students failing
to return all materials may not be able to participate in extracurricular programs. Seniors who fail to clear all fines will not
be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremonies.

Debts / Holds
Students are financially responsible for lost Chromebooks, textbooks, library books, school-issued uniforms, cafeteria
charges, fund-raising products, etc. Such debts should be paid immediately. New textbooks may not be issued until lost
textbooks are paid for or arrangements made for payment.

Personal Items
Students should not bring personal items of value to school. The school is ​not ​responsible for any lost, stolen, or
damaged personal items, including electronic devices. Lockers are available for $5.00 per year to secure valuable items.
MAHS will not investigate reports of lost or stolen personal items - INCLUDING CASH, Personal Items, and

Lockers are available on a rental basis ($5.00 per academic year). Excessive damage or abuse to lockers may result in
additional costs to the student. Lockers may be searched by the administration at any time. Students are responsible for
all items in their locker at all times.​ Students taking any Physical Education Course will be required to rent a
secured locker near the gym. Students will be required to place their eSmart Chromebooks in the secured locker
during that class.

Property Searches
Cars on campus, school lockers, book bags, personal belongings - INCLUDING CELLULAR PHONES/ELECTRONIC
DEVICES - and students are subject to being searched by school authorities at any time.

School Telephone
Students may use the office phone in an emergency.

ADAP Cards
Initial cards are provided free upon successful completion of the required course(s). Student needing to replace a lost or
stolen ADAP Card will be charged a $5.00 processing fee. See school bookkeeper for replacement ADAP Card.

Student Parking
Students who have valid driver’s licenses and proof of insurance must ​purchase​ parking permits if they wish to park on
campus. ​Students may only park in the main parking lot (to the right of the building as you face the front
entrance) ​and only in the student assigned area of that lot. ​Student Assigned Area:​ Student parking spaces will be used
on a first-come, first-served basis. All vehicles must have a valid, assigned parking permit. ​All Parking places located
between the yellow line (marked on the pavement) and the school building are for faculty and visitor use only.
Students may not park in these spaces under any circumstances and may be subject to a fine if they do so. In addition,
the spaces marked “VISITOR” are not for student use. After parking their vehicles, students are to leave the vehicles and
come into the building. Students are not to go to their vehicles during the school day. Reckless driving will not be
tolerated. Students who abuse their parking privileges will be subject to disciplinary action and may include:
     ●       Parent or owner of the vehicle will be contacted and will be required to move the vehicle from school property.
     ●       Warning stickers applied to windshields of improperly parked cars.
     ●       Vehicle towed.
     ●       Fines up to $100 per infraction for repeated infractions will be assessed by the school.
     ●       Ultimate revocation of parking privileges for any period, ranging from 5 days to the remainder of the year.
     ●       Students can lose driving privileges if they do not pay their debts or fines in a timely manner.

Parking permits are available for purchase from the school for ​$50 for the school year; $25 if purchased after April 1​.
Students who wish to purchase parking permits must fill out an application and return it with payment. Students who leave

campus in their vehicles without permission may have their parking privileges revoked for the remainder of the school
year and face additional disciplinary action.
         Students who purchase parking permits during the first semester and fail to meet the academic standard of
passing three out of four classes​ may have their permits revoked for remainder of the school year.
    Students who park on school property without a permit or students who continue to park on school property after their
permit has been revoked will have their vehicles towed at the owner’s expense. In addition, student will face further
disciplinary action. Vehicles found improperly parked will also be towed at the owner’s expense. Parking violations may
result in parking privileges being revoked for the remainder of the semester.
         No Items ​visible on the exterior or from the interior of any vehicle shall contain the following:
                  Suggestive language, graphics, symbols, or slogans.
                  Profane language, graphics, symbols, or slogans.
                  Any references (language, graphics, symbols, or slogans) to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, weapons, or gangs.
                  Any references (language, graphics, symbols, or slogans) that are demeaning to others.
                  Any language, graphics, symbols, or slogans that are not in keeping with the values of the community.

        Student parking privileges may be revoked at any time for code of conduct of violations, attendance
issues, excessive tardiness, lack of appropriate academic progress, and other violations of school rules and

   Any student whose parking privileges are revoked for any reason will ​not​ be entitled to receive a refund of
                                                parking fees.

Every year Monroe Area High School works with corporations, small companies, government agencies, non-profit
organizations, colleges and universities, and private benefactors to secure scholarships and grants for our students. Many
of these organizations assign specific eligibility criteria to the selection process and, at times, the award criteria may
change. Parents and students are asked to view specific award criteria at the webpages provided or consult their
counselor. The counselors continually work to update the list of school awards and outside scholarships/grants on the
counselor website.
School-Level Honors ​See the ​MAHS website​ for complete list of honors and further information.

Important information concerning Student Attendance can be found in the WCPS PAGES document.

Perfect Attendance (Awards and Recognition Criteria). Perfect Attendance is defined as being in attendance in all
classes for the entire day and for the prescribed period (quarter, semester, year, and 4 year) stated in the award
criteria. ​This definition will be used when computing perfect attendance for Awards and/or Recognitions bestowed by
Monroe Area High School.​ ​Only those absences related to an approved school function or approved by the principal will
be exempt​ when determining perfect attendance.

*Perfect attendance does not exempt a student from a state mandated test (i.e. EOC).


Students with 5 or more unexcused absences from any one period will face consequences up
                                  to and including OSS.

Poor attendance negatively affects student success in school. ​Please see that your child is in school every day possible
and remains in school the entire day.​ Requests for early dismissal should be made only when an emergency exists.
Any unauthorized absence from school will constitute an act of truancy. Students with 5 or more unexcused absences
and all cases of students with 10 or more total absences will be submitted to the School Attendance Officer for further

Parents/guardians must let the school know within three (3) days (in writing) the reason for any absence.
The statement should give the reason and list the date of absence as well as the student advisor’s name and student
number. The student should place the excuse in the secured Student Excuse Box located in the front office. This must be
done upon returning from any absence. The attendance office may contact parents by phone to verify reasons for an
absence and to promote communication between the school and the home. All notes are kept on file in the office for the
remainder of the school year and are NOT returned to the student.

All serious illnesses, doctor’s notes, surgery, injuries due to accidents, etc. should be brought to the attention of the school
nurse. Any diagnosed illness such as strep throat, mononucleosis, flu, conjunctivitis, etc. requires a note from the doctor
allowing the student to return to school. In addition to placing the doctors excuse in the Student Excuse Box, a copy of the
note should also be given to the school nurse when the student returns to school.

It is the student’s responsibility to arrange with teachers to make up all work missed during an absence. ​Students
have ​3 school days, ​beginning with the date of return, to turn in make-up work from an absence unless the classroom
teacher has granted an extension. After 3 days, partial credit or no credit will be recorded for missing assignments. It is
the responsibility of the student to arrange a time, convenient for the teacher, to receive any assignments immediately
upon their return to school. Please refer to individual teachers’ course syllabi for more information regarding make-up
work policies.

Students who encounter long-term illness may be eligible for the Hospital Homebound program (HHB).


Tardies will only be excused with a doctor’s note.

1​st​ block:​ All students must be in class by 7:30 A.M. each day. All students arriving to class after 7:30 A.M.,without an
Excused Tardy Slip, will be counted as unexcused tardy.

2​nd​, 3​rd​, and 4​th​ blocks:​ All students must be in class when the tardy bell stops ringing. All students arriving after the tardy
bell stops ringing, without an Excused Tardy Slip, will be counted as tardy. ​Students who were absent during 1st Block
MUST check-in at the front office before reporting to subsequent classes; students are NOT allowed to report
directly to 2nd/3rd/4th blocks.

The following dispositions will be used in dealing with tardiness:

         Teacher Level Consequences Per Class
         1-3                         Verbal warning by the teacher.
         Unexcused tardies
         (in one class)
                                     Verbal warning. Phone call made to parent by the teacher
         4 unexcused tardies
                                     stating attendance concerns specific to his/her class.
         (in one class)

         Cumulative Tardies Per Student for all Classes

         5 unexcused tardies         1 Lunch Detention or 1 After School Detention

         6 unexcused tardies         2 Lunch Detention or 2 After School Detention

                                     Student will receive an Administrative Referral and may be
                                     assigned to additional detentions, Saturday School, ISS, OSS,
         7 unexcused tardies         Administrative Probation, and/or loss of Parking Privileges. A
                                     mandatory parent conference will be held at this level. Student
                                     will be required to complete an attendance contract.


Checking In to School (Student Check-In)
   1. Students must sign in with the attendance office staff upon arriving late to school:
           a. Students checking in after missing one or more complete classes must be checked in by a parent or
           b. Any student checking in after missing one or more complete classes without being checked in by a parent
               or guardian will be counted as unexcused.
   2. Students with 5 or more unexcused absences from any one period will face consequences up to and including

Checking Out of School (Parent / Guardian Check Out)
Parents may check out their child at any time and without prior notice, by coming in the building, providing proper
identification, and signing the checkout roster in the attendance office. With the exception of an emergency situation, the
student may be delayed from immediately joining the parent in cases such as testing, redressing during PE, or teacher

Checking Out of School (Other)
To check out of school without the presence of a parent or guardian, a written request ​signed by the parent or legal
guardian​ must be brought to the office ​before 7:30 AM for verification​.
The note must contain the following information:
    1. Student’s full name, student’s advisor, student number and date
    2. Exact reason for checking out and requested time of check out.
    3. Phone number at which parent or guardian can be reached during the morning. If the parent cannot be reached
       by phone, the student will not be permitted to leave.
Students must follow these steps:
    4. Students remain in class until called to the attendance office for checkout.
    5. Any student checking out must sign out at the attendance office after providing an approved check out slip from
       the attendance clerk.
    6. Students leaving school without properly signing out will receive a disciplinary referral for leaving campus without
    7. No student will be allowed to check out based on a phone call or faxed note without an administrator approval.
    8. Students at least 18 years old and legally emancipated by the court, with the decree on file at MAHS or WCPS,
       are required to see their counselor for possible exceptions to check-in/-out procedures.

         A student shall not be absent from school or from any class or other required school hours except for illness or
    other providential cause, unless with written permission of the teacher, principal, or their duly authorized school
    official. No student or employee shall encourage, urge or counsel other students to violate this policy.
         As permitted under state law and State Board of Education policies, pupils may be excused for the following
    1. personal illness and when attendance in school would endanger their health or the health of others;
    2. serious illness or death in their immediate family which necessitates absence from school;
    3. mandated order of governmental agencies, including pre-induction physical examinations for service in the armed
         forces, or by court order;
    4. celebration of religious holidays;
    5. conditions which render attendance impossible or hazardous to their health or safety; and
    6. voter registration or voting, for a period not to exceed one day.
    7. prior permission of principal and consent of parent or legal guardian. (It is the responsibility of the student to
         secure and makeup all work for this type of absence, not the teacher.)
         For perfect attendance purposes, students serving as pages of the Georgia General Assembly shall be counted
    present on the days missed for this purpose. In addition, students who are present for at least one-half of the
    instructional day shall be counted present.
         Excuses for absences shall be furnished in writing to the school within three school days of return to school and
    shall be signed by the student’s parent or guardian and shall specifically state the reasons for the absence. All
    excuses will be evaluated by the principal or a designee to determine if the absence is excused or unexcused. The
    principal has the authority to require additional proof of the legitimacy of the excuse. For example, the principal may
    require a doctor’s statement justifying the absence of the student, and may require proof that the child’s condition
    rendered the child incapable of attending school. Absences due to out of school suspension shall be unexcused.
    Medical excuses will be accepted when provided. Students are expected to complete necessary work missed in order
    to meet standards for the course.
         A student who has excessive tardies to school and/or to class shall receive disciplinary action according to the
    Student Code of Conduct.The principal has the authority to require additional proof of the legitimacy of excessive
    requests for early checkouts. Students with excessive tardies and/or early checkouts may be referred to the school
    social worker for educational neglect.

Honor Code
WCPS recognizes honesty and integrity as being necessary to the academic function of the school. The following
regulations are in place in the interest of protecting the fairness and validity of our schools, grades, and degrees and to
help students in developing standards and attitudes that are appropriate to our society.
    1. No student should give or receive help on an essay, lab report, test, or other assignment included in any class
         offered by the school without permission from the teacher and/or administrator.
    2. No student should take or share any materials pertaining to the day-to-day conducting of a class, including, but
         not limited to, tests, lab equipment, roll books and teacher's’ edition textbooks without permission from the teacher
         and/or administrator.
    3. No student shall take, sell, give, or lend any material that contains the questions or answers to any quizzes or
         tests in any class offered by the high school without the permission of the teacher and/or administrator.
    4. Plagiarism is prohibited.​ Essays, term papers, tests, and other similar requirements must be the work of the
         student submitting them. When direct quotations are used, they must be correctly acknowledged using the
         defined citation style of the class.
    5. Failure of any student to abide by the principles set forth in this Honor Code may be subject to disciplinary action.
         The consequence for each Honor Code violation may include a grade of “0” for the work involved.

WCPS offers a varied curriculum that is continually refined and updated to meet the needs of our students. Following the
tenets of the Learning-Focused Schools initiative, students will be asked to work towards mastery of a defined set of
essential objectives in all of their coursework. Learning will be expected to go beyond simple recall.

Grading System
    A​ 90-100             B​ 80-89          C​ 70-79         F​ Below 70

 Credits Needed For Grade Classification

          To be promoted to​:     Units needed:              Units needed To Graduate:
          Grade 10                     6                             28 units (Max. possible = 32)
          Grade 11                    13
          Grade 12                    20

Year entered high
school                                                 2012-13 and thereafter
Class of
                                                  2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Diploma types                                     One Common Diploma
Credits to graduate                                         28
Science                                                 4 credits:
                                          Biology, Chemistry, Physics, 4​th ​Science
                                  *Environmental Science can be a substitute for Chemistry*
Math                                                    4 credits:
                                          Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, 4​th​ Math
Social Studies                                             4 credits:
                                       World History, US History, Government, Economics
                                                            4 credits:
                          9​th​ Grade Literature/Composition, American Literature/Composition, 2 more
                                                  English/Language Arts courses

Personal Fitness and                                         1 credit:
Health                                                    ½ credit of each
Foreign Language
                                                            4 credits
                                         combination of CTAE, fine arts, foreign language
                                     *2 of same foreign language if going to a state university
Computer/Fine Arts

 Pathway Completion
 The GA DOE has placed an emphasis on students completing at least one pathway, such as in CTAE, academic, and fine
 art. More information is provided below and will also be discussed during student advisement.

          Area                          CTAE                  Fine Arts      World Language       Academic
                           Advanced Accounting,               Band           Spanish              Advanced
                           Agriculture Mechanics Systems,     Art                                 Placement
                           Business Accounting, Business
                           and Technology, Web and
          Pathways         Digital Design, Early Childhood
                           Care and Education,
                           Engineering and Technology,
                           Food and Nutrition, Air Force

Georgia End-Of-Course (Milestones) Tests
All students enrolled in 9​TH​ Grade Literature, American Literature, Algebra I, Geometry, U.S. History, Economics, and
Biology are ​required to take​ the Georgia Milestones EOC for that subject in order to earn credit for the course. The
student’s EOC score will count 20% of the total grade for the course. These tests are administered at the end of each

Senior Information - Graduation / Senior Activities
Seniors will not be allowed to participate in the Commencement Ceremony if they have not met all graduation
requirements set forth by the State of Georgia, WCPS, and MAHS. In order to participate in senior activities, seniors ​must
be on track to graduate. ​ In order to participate in the Commencement exercises, seniors ​must attend and participate
in all graduation rehearsals. The principal may dismiss any senior from participation in the graduation ceremonies for
poor behavior during rehearsals or failure to follow the WCPS / MAHS Code of Conduct.

Student Recognition Program
The student recognition programs are designed to reward and recognize those students who excel academically or who
exhibit significant improvement in academics, behavior, attitude, and/or attendance. These programs are just one way the
school encourages students to work to their potential and put forth their best effort in all that they do. Information on
recognition programs are distributed to students prior to the start of each program.

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities and Contests:
Interscholastic activities are a very important part of any high school program. Students who participate increase their
leadership and social skills and learn to work in harmony with others. They help create greater school spirit among faculty
and the student body. Students participating in interscholastic activities must meet the requirements of the Georgia High
School Association (GHSA).

Grades/Transcripts (9-12)
Transcripts and grades are always available to view and access through Infinite Campus. Printed transcripts are available
at the end of each semester upon request. The semester grade is recorded on the student’s permanent record, which is
kept in the office and used to compute the student’s grade point average and to figure eligibility status under Georgia High
School Association guidelines. Grades are available on-line (Infinite Campus) to students and parents. Students who have
unreturned materials (textbooks, uniforms, library books, etc.) or other outstanding debts to the school will not have their
report cards released until all debts are cleared.

Schedule Changes
Once the scheduling process is complete, request for a change in schedule will NOT be allowed with the exception of the
     ● Classes that have already been taken and passed (including summer session).
     ● Failure to meet prerequisites for class scheduled.
     ● A change in study that reflects an increase in academic rigor.
     ● An inability to meet the requirements of a class due to health limitations.

Students are grouped by grade level and assigned a faculty adviser who, along with the guidance counselors and
classroom teachers, will assist the student in making decisions about course of study, post-secondary considerations,
career choice, and monitoring academic achievement. The students will meet in advisement periodically and stay with the
same advisor for their high school career as is feasible. The advisor and counselor will serve as a consistent contact point
for students and parents.


Lunch Detention:
Lunch detention is assigned by a teacher, administrator or an administrative designee. The program is offered Monday
through Friday during each lunch period. Failure to serve the entire lunch detention or non-attendance for a lunch
detention may result in additional lunch detention days, assignment to after-school detention, or administrative referral.
Consequences for an administrative referral may include ISS, OSS, or other measures determined appropriate by the

After School Detention:
After school detention is assigned by a teacher, administrator or an administrative designee.The program is offered on
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for an hour after school. Failure to serve the entire detention or non-attendance
for a detention may result in additional detention days, or administrative referral. Consequences for an administrative
referral may include ISS, OSS, or other measures determined appropriate by the administrator.

In-School Suspension Program (ISS):
The In-School Suspension Program (ISS) is a discipline approach that utilizes the removal of a student from the regular
school setting to a supervised setting away from the mainstream of regular school routines. ISS may be assigned for a
portion of the day or for the entire day. All students begin ISS with an orientation. This orientation examines the
expectations and rules of the program. Students in ISS are counted present and complete regular classroom work for
credit. The ISS teacher will also have materials for remediation or enrichment that can be used when low achievement is
contributing to students’ behavioral or adjustment problems. In the event that certain assignments or tests are not
suitable to be given in ISS, the student may be afforded opportunities to complete these under the supervision of the
classroom teacher. Students must properly complete all assignments provided by the teachers and, if applicable,
additional assignments given by the ISS teacher, and serve all assigned days before they may return to regular classes.
Any time missed from ISS due to absence, checking out, arriving late, etc., must be made up before a student is released
back to regular classes. A student’s behavior in ISS determines if additional days must be served beyond the original
assignment or if the student must be suspended Out-of-School (OSS). Students and parents must understand that ISS is
an alternative to OSS and that repeated referrals to ISS are an indication that a student’s inappropriate behaviors are not
being corrected.

Out-of-School Suspension (OSS)
Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) is a discipline approach that utilizes the removal of a student from all classes and
activities of the school. Students under OSS are required to complete all missed work. Students under OSS are allowed
access their assignments through Schoology and complete work while on OSS. Students under OSS are not to be on
campus unless they are accompanied by a parent/guardian and report to the office. Students under OSS who come on
campus without the expressed permission of the administration will be referred to local law enforcement officials as
trespassers. Students under OSS are not allowed to attend any WCPS extra-curricular activity.

Prohibited Items
A. The following items are expressly forbidden at all times and will be confiscated immediately with possible legal action
   taken against the person(s) found to be in possession:

       Firearms of any kind (to include airsoft type)        Knives, box cutters, or other sharp objects
                                                             Drugs (including all over the counter medications), alcohol, or
                                                             other controlled substances.
       Fireworks or explosives (to include ammunition)       *Students are not allowed to carry any over the counter or
                                                             prescribed medications. Students must go through the nurse
                                                             for all medications.
                                                             Lighters, matches, smoking paraphernalia, e-vape/electronic
       Tobacco products or paraphernalia
                                                             cigarettes, liquid nicotine
       Obscene items, books, magazines, pictures, etc.       Water pistols or balloons
       Playing cards, inappropriate toys or games            Skateboards
       Animals/pets                                          Sport cards or sport equipment (balls, bats, etc.)
       Mace (Pepper spray)                                   Gang-related objects, symbols, drawings, clothing, etc.

“Hacking” software, other restricted electronic hardware and
       Tasers, Laser pointers

B. This list includes examples and is not limited to these specific items.
C. Students are to notify school staff immediately when prohibited items are found in the school or on the school
   grounds. Students are advised not to handle these items.
D. Any prohibited item that is confiscated from a student will be returned ​to the parent​ unless the item is turned over to
   local law enforcement in accordance with state and local mandates.
E. Students are not allowed to sell any items, food or non-food, at school during the school day without prior approval of
   an administrator.
F. Students are advised that the administration has the legal authority to conduct a search of students, their lockers, their
   possessions, and their automobiles when on school grounds. The administration is required to have only a
   “reasonable suspicion” to conduct such searches. Students failing to comply with school officials in conducting such
   searches will be turned over to law enforcement authorities.
G. Students are advised that any adult employee of the Walton County School System, including bus drivers, custodial
   staff, paraprofessionals, school secretaries, substitute teachers, as well as regular teachers and administrators, has
   the right to give reasonable instructions to students and expect these instructions to be carried out. Failure to carry
   out reasonable instructions will result in serious disciplinary action.
H. In a continuing effort to maintain drug-free schools, school officials will work cooperatively with local police in soliciting
   and allowing drug dogs to search all areas of the school campus (including personal items, lockers, vehicles), and
   conduct other searches as allowed by law.

Cell Phones / Electronic Communication Devices and Other Electronic Devices Used By Students
“I​ f possession of an electronic communication device by a student in school is permitted, the local board policy
shall not permit the use by a student of any personal electronic communication device during classroom
instructional time.”​ ​(O.C.G.A. 20-2-1183 (2009).

The policy stated below will be the common policy used by all staff with the exception of those specified by the
teacher within his or her classroom ​and​ related to specific instruction.

Students may possess and use electronic communication devices in accordance with the following rules and
   a) Students may use Cell Phones/Electronic Communication Devices and other Electronic Devices that​ are not
       otherwise restricted​, during the following times: ​before and after school, during scheduled class change,
       during scheduled lunch periods.
   b) Cell Phones/Electronic Communication Devices and other Electronic Devices should not be used or visible, and
       must be completely turned off during instructional time and other times that may interfere with the educational
       mission of the school or if they pose a safety hazard. (To include but not limited to Test Sessions, Advisement,
       assemblies, fire or inclement weather drills, restroom breaks etc.).
   c) Any type of personal listening device to include but not limited to: ear buds, headphones, bluetooth, etc…
       are not allowed to be used during school hours (7:30 am-2:40 pm). During school hours, these items
       should not be visible and should be stored away.
   d) The use or display of an electronic device during restricted periods may result in an Administrative Referral.
   e) Taking pictures or videos and making audio recordings of students, teachers, administrators, or other WCPS
       personnel ​is prohibited at any time ​without the expressed written permission of the principal or an administrator.
   f) Parents/Guardians are to refrain from calling/emailing/texting their child during instructional time. In the event of
       an emergency, the parent/guardian may contact the student via the school’s phone system.
   g) All violations​ of these rules and procedures may result in confiscation of the device by an administrator.
   h) A confiscated device will be secured in the Front Office. Devices will be returned to a parent/guardian (or
       responsible adult assigned by the parent/guardian and confirmed in writing) at the end of the school day. The
                                             ​ 3-day (school days) waiting period. At the end of the waiting period,
       student can pick up the device ​after a
       students may pick up their device before the school day begins or after the school day has concluded.
   i) The ​failure of a student to relinquish​ an electronic device at the request of an administrator or other member of
       the MAHS staff will result in an automatic administrative referral​.

j) The use of any electronic device to cheat, or otherwise falsify student work or official records, will result in an
          Administrative Referral and may result in a penalty of ISS, OSS, or expulsion from WCPS.
       k) The use of an electronic device during any state or national test administration may result in the invalidation of the
          test and disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
       l) The inappropriate use of any electronic device in connection to the Internet will result in an Administrative Referral
          and may result in a penalty of ISS, OSS or expulsion from WCPS. (Refer to WCPS BOE Internet Policy)
       m) This Policy includes but is not limited to cell phones, pagers, beepers, radios, tape players, CD Players,
          MP3 and MP4 players, iPods, ZUNE, Gameboys, PSP, i-Pads, smart watches, cameras, etc.
       n) The school is not responsible to investigate lost or stolen personal electronic devices

       The principal has the right to modify or revoke the terms and conditions for the possession and use of Cell
       Phones/Electronic Communication Devices and other Electronic Devices at any time. Changes to this policy
       will be communicated through daily school announcements and will be posted on the Monroe Area High
       School Website.

Monroe Area High School Dress Code
Walton County Board of Education Policy JCDB states students are to dress in a manner that is reasonable and not
distracting to other students and teachers. Any dress of an extreme nature will not be tolerated. Each school principal will
make final decisions regarding student dress in his or her school.

The following guidelines are the regulations that support WCPS Policy JCDB:
1.      Students must be in compliance throughout the entire school day (i.e. students may not make temporary
adjustments to their clothing in an attempt to correct clothing already deemed unacceptable.The correction must last the
remainder of the school day.)
2.      Clothing should not cause a distraction to the educational environment.
3.      Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
4.      The highest point of any dress or skirt length must be ​no shorter​ than 5” above the knee.
5.      The highest point of any pants, short, or gym short length (including slits, rips, and/or tears) must be ​no shorter
than 5” above the knee.
6.      Any holes 5” above the knee must not reveal skin.
7.      Skirts, pants, shorts, gym shorts, shirts, and blouses:

     M​ust be​ fastened and worn at the waistline.              No sleepwear shall be ​worn​ this includes clothing
                                                                and footwear.

     No exposed or visible undergarments are ​allowed.          No sleeveless shirts, dresses, etc. shall be ​worn​.
     No cleavage shall be ​visible​.                            No part of the midriff shall be ​visible​.
 Any holes 5” above the knee must not reveal skin.

8.          No headgear of any sort​, to include but not limited to hats, ball caps, durags, visors, sunglasses, bandanas,
            scarves, knit hats, kerchiefs, shower caps and hoods, shall be worn inside the building.
9.          Headbands, meeting all other dress code criteria, are allowed. Scarves or other items cannot be used as a
            makeshift headband. Headbands must be used appropriately and cannot cover the entire head.
10.         No chains shall be worn or be visible outside the clothing.Examples include choke chains, wallet chains, studs, dog
            collars, heavy metal jewelry, etc.
11.         Blankets will not be allowed.
12.         No item of​ clothing, jewelry, headgear, or other visible personal items shall contain the following:
            ● Suggestive language, graphics, symbols, or slogans.
            ● Profane language, graphics, symbols, or slogans.
            ● Any references (language, graphics, symbols, or slogans) to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, weapons, or gangs.
            ● Any references (language, graphics, symbols, or slogans) that are demeaning to others.

● Any language, graphics, symbols, or slogans that are not in keeping with the values of the community.
13.   Any “dress” ​(clothing, hair color, jewelry, accessories, piercings, etc.), determined, by an administrator, to be ​of an
      extreme nature​ is prohibited and is a violation of the Dress Code.
14.      All students taking Physical Education classes will abide by the dress code as outlined above.
15.     Students violating the MAHS Dress Code will be referred to an administrator or designate.
16.     Violations of the MAHS Dress Code will result in the following:
    ● First Offense:​ Offense will be documented and the student asked to correct the dress code issue in a timely
        manner. A parent/guardian may be contacted to assist in resolving the dress code issue.
    ● Second Offense:​ Offense will be documented and the student will be asked to correct the dress code issue in a
        timely manner, a parent/guardian will be contacted to assist in resolving the issue. Student will be assigned
        Detention or ISS.
    ● Third Offense:​ Offense will be documented and the student will be asked to correct the dress code issue in a
        timely manner, a parent/guardian will be contacted to assist in resolving the issue. Student may be sent home for
        the remainder of the day. Student may be assigned ISS, OSS or other punishment that may be required to avoid
        repeated violations of the Dress Code Policy.
    ● At any time the student may be sent home for the remainder of the day due to a dress code issue.
    ● On all levels of Dress Code Offenses:
             o If the student is unable to correct the Dress Code violation in a timely manner, he or she may be placed in
                 ISS for the remainder of the day or until such time as the issue is resolved.
             o Upon correcting the Dress Code violation, the student may be permitted to return to their scheduled
The principal has the right to modify or revoke the terms and conditions of the MAHS Dress Code Policy at any
time. Changes to this policy will be communicated through daily school announcements and will be posted on
the Monroe Area High School Website.

Bullying Policy
                         WCPS BOE Policy JCDAG “ PROHIBITION OF BULLYING” 7/12/2011

All students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. All schools within the Walton County School district
have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance among students, staff, and volunteers. Student
behavior that infringes on the safety of any student will not be tolerated. A student shall not bully, harass, or intimidate
another student through words or actions. The school district’s Student Code of Conduct prohibits bullying, harassment,
and intimidation and is printed in the student/parent handbook and made available to students, parents, and staff at the
beginning of the school year.
The term “bullying”​ as used in this policy and in the Student Code of Conduct means:
1. Any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do
2. Any intentional display of force such as would give the victim reason to fear or expect immediate bodily harm; or
3. Any intentional written, verbal, or physical act, which a reasonable person would perceive as being intended to
     threaten, harass, or intimidate that:
         o Causes another person substantial physical or visible bodily harm;
         o Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education;
         o Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
         o Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
4. Retaliation by a student against another who made a bullying report is strictly prohibited. The retaliating student will be
     subject to a disciplinary hearing with possible Law Enforcement charges filed.
          For additional information on Bullying, please visit the Walton County Public Schools website at:

MAHS Bullying Reporting Procedures
Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose. The person being bullied has a hard time
defending him or herself. The negative behavior happens over and over. Students, parents, or bystanders who report
bullying will complete the Student Bullying Report form.
First Accusation of Bullying​, Counselor is to do the following:
    1. Investigate the incident to determine if this truly is a bullying situation. (Refer to definition of bullying.) Have
         student fill out a Student Complaint of Bullying Incident Form.

2. If the incident is substantiated as bullying, speak with the child accused of bullying, inform the child of the specific
       behavior that is considered bullying and remind student of the code of conduct.
    3. Develop a student contract and get each student to sign.
    4. Call the parents of both students involved to inform them of the situation.
    5. Start a folder and scan copy of Student Contract and send electronic copy to appropriate administrator.
Second Accusation of Bullying​ (if first complaint was substantiated)
    1. The Student Complaint of Bullying Incident should be sent to the guidance counselor.
    2. The guidance counselor will investigate
    3. Parents of the accused will be called and asked to attend a conference with their child. Counselors will provide
       resources for student and parent.
    4. Student will be placed on strict administrative probation.
    5. Referral will be sent to an administrator for disciplinary action.
Third Accusation of Bullying​ (if two incidents have been substantiated)
    1. The Student Bullying Report should be sent to the appropriate administrator by the counselor.
    2. The administrator will investigate and conference with alleged student and parent.
    3. Students with 3 substantiated and documented bullying incidents will face disciplinary action up to and including
       expulsion from WCPS.

WCSD Nondiscrimination Policy

It is the policy and practice of the Walton County School District to provide opportunities without regard to race, color,
gender, religion, national origin, handicap, disability, genetic information or veteran status in its educational programs and
activities. This includes, but is not limited to: admission, educational services, financial aid and employment. Questions
related to the application and compliance of this policy may contact the school system’s coordinator, Dr. Lance Young, at
200 Double Springs Church Road, Monroe, Georgia 30656 or at (770) 266-4520, or lance.young@walton.k12.ga.us.

Important Website

                       ​www.georgiastandards.org                    ​www.schoology.com


                     www.dds.ga.gov/Joshua                                            www.collegeboard.org
(Joshua’s Law)                                          (SAT, PSAT, AP)

                     www.actstudent.org​ (ACT)                                      www.gadoe.org

                           www.ed.gov                                             www.waltonchamber.org

                        www.walton.k12.ga.us                                     www.monroeareahigh.org

   The MAHS Student Handbook covers many of the school’s policies and procedures but not all. Please check
   the MAHS and WCPS websites frequently for updates and additions. The principal has the right to modify the
   policies of the school as the need arises. Changes to these policies will be communicated in a timely manner
   through daily school announcements and will be posted on the Monroe Area High School Website.

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